5 August 2013 by Luke McCormick
Siem Reap's Hotel de la Paix, formerly one of Cambodia's most feted properties, has re-opened as the Park Hyatt Siem Reap following a 14-month renovation by award-winning interior designer Bill Bensley.
Home to the renowned 12th century ruins of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has quickly emerged as one of Asia's top new destinations for culture and leisure.
With its close proximity to the UNESCO world heritage site, Park Hyatt Siem Reap hopes to create a new standard for luxury hotels, offering an enriching, sophisticated and authentic style of service for a growing number of international visitors to the area.
"We are delighted to be opening the first Hyatt hotel in Cambodia and the first Park Hyatt in the Southeast Asia region...[and] believe that Park Hyatt Siem Reap will pave the way for a new standard of luxury," said Larry Tchou, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Located in the heart of downtown Siem Reap, the hotel offers easy access to the town's largest old market, several night markets, and the bustling and eclectic restaurant and shopping district.
"We have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this stunning new property and we are excited to welcome both local and international guests to experience authentic Cambodian hospitality and culture," said Sholto Smith, general manager, Park Hyatt Siem Reap.
"We also hope to play a central role in the growth and economic development of this fantastic destination, especially through our recent collaboration with Life & Hope Association (LHA) where we will help provide sewing skills training to women and encourage them to start their own businesses.
"As Hyatt continues to place a strong emphasis on local communities, we are dedicated to the positive growth of Siem Reap and finding new and unique ways to help the local community here thrive."
Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 108 contemporary guestrooms, including 13 suites, four of which showcase private plunge pools. The dramatic white façade and spacious dome-shaped ceiling have been designed to replicate the interior towers of Angkor Wat.
Inspired by these ancient Angkorian ruins and Cambodia's vibrant culture, Bill Bensley designed the one-of-a-kind hotel with attention to detail and passion for color and texture that reflects the dual nature of the exotic environment. Khmer-inspired contemporary art, wood floors and Italian marble are used for the interiors to offer a sophisticated, residential feel.